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Diagnostic Tests for Hodgkin's Disease

Hodgkin's Disease: Diagnostic Tests

The list of diagnostic tests mentioned in various sources as used in the diagnosis of Hodgkin's Disease includes:

Home Diagnostic Testing

These home medical tests may be relevant to Hodgkin's Disease:

Tests and diagnosis discussion for Hodgkin's Disease:

If Hodgkin's disease is suspected, the doctor asks about the person's medical history and performs a physical exam to check general signs of health. The exam includes feeling to see if the lymph nodes in the neck, underarm, or groin are enlarged. The doctor may order blood tests.

The doctor may also order tests that produce pictures of the inside of the body. These may include:

  • X-rays : High-energy radiation used to take pictures of areas inside the body, such as the chest, bones, liver, and spleen.

  • CT (or CAT) scan : A series of detailed pictures of areas inside the body. The pictures are created by a computer linked to an x-ray machine.

  • MRI (magnetic resonance imaging): Detailed pictures of areas inside the body produced with a powerful magnet linked to a computer.

The diagnosis depends on a biopsy . A surgeon removes a sample of lymphatic tissue (part or all of a lymph node) so that a pathologist can examine it under a microscope to check for cancer cells. Other tissues may be sampled as well. The pathologist studies the tissue and checks for Reed-Sternberg cells , large abnormal cells that are usually found with Hodgkin's disease. (Source: excerpt from What You Need To Know About Hodgkin's Disease: NCI)

Diagnosis of Hodgkin's Disease: medical news summaries:

The following medical news items are relevant to diagnosis of Hodgkin's Disease:

 

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